16
Nov

SAPRuL project support farmers for increase productivity

In partnership with West Africa Trade and Investment Hub, USAID Feed the Future Zenith Bank and Sterling Bank, El-kanis and  Partners is implementing Sustainable Agriculture Programme for Rural Livelihood(SAPRuL), project to support farmers increase productivity, yield and market.

The project targets farmers in Cross River and Ebonyi States comprising youths and women who are receiving inputs, training and other supports aimed at improving their income.

The productivity of maize and rice farmers is significantly hampered by, poor weather information dissemination, nutrient deficiencies, pest damage, fertilizer needs, plant diseases, limited access to product off-take and flood, however, SAPRuL’s entry point is to deploy solutions such as Farmers Information and Enterprise Management System (FIEMS) Platform to upscale the average yield of maize in the project area from an average of 1.8 metric tons per hectare to 3.6 metric tons per hectare and yield of rice from an average of 2 metric tons per hectare to 4 metric tons per hectare.

FIEMS is a proprietory Application developed by EL-kanis to  support online and offline data collection, facilitate record keeping, and generate easily shareable reports for farming supervisors. Registration and case sharing with FIEMS enable tracking across visits, facilitating continuum of personalized training according to crop, farm size, & technique, while monitoring crop growth, input distribution and yield prediction.

The Vice Chancellor of University of Uyo, Professor Nyaudo Ndaeyo who spoke during the SAPRUL stakeholders’ meeting urged youths to understand the largely untapped pool of prospects in agriculture beyond the hoe, describing Agriculture as a reservoir that does not only feed the masses but creates wealth and employment along the whole value chain both on farm and off-farm.

The VC who also described women empowerment as key factors that influence outcomes on staple food production, added that women are more likely to be better managers of resources than men, stating that women deserve better attention, support to their associations and groups and equal access to both land and financial resources, reasons he suppose SAPRuL project is targeting 50 percent of women during the project implementation.

During the Meeting, the President of Women in Agriculture, Cross River State, Barr. Theresa Mogbor appreciated Elkanis and Partners for giving opportunity for women to expand their farm yield.

“The stakeholders’ meeting is really a blessing to me and I am very happy that I came. There are certain challenges we have which have been highlighted. Elkanis and Partners have given us hope that they will do everything possible to increase our farm yield.

“My farm used to give me 2.5 tons a year , now I have been assured that I can get up to 4 tons because of the improved seedlings and technological innovations El-kanis is making availble to us. “This stakeholders meeting has made us to know that women are very important. With 50 percent slot to women, I am very happy and as President of Women in Agriculture, Cross River State, I will carry out sensitisation on this and ensure that what we intensify more spport for the project.”